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‘It was a disaster': Sabres lose big to Ducks

Nov 9, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres lost yet again. And this one was bad.

The Sabres lost 6-2 to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, with goalie Ryan Miller getting the hook to begin the third period. This after allowing all six Anaheim goals on 34 shots through two periods of work.

Needless to say, he wasn’t necessarily pleased afterward.

“It was a disaster to be a part of,” Miller said, according to Helene Elliott of the L.A. Times.

The onslaught on Miller included Ryan Getzlaf‘s first career NHL hat trick, which he achieved in the first period. The Ducks scored four in the opening 20 minutes, and jumped out to a three-goal lead.

It was over early.

Buffalo’s line of Cody Hodgson, Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis was also benched for the entire third period.

“We’ve got to work and I didn’t feel the work was there,” said Sabres’ head coach Ron Rolston, as per the team’s Twitter account.

The loss drops Buffalo’s record to 3-15-1. The Sabres have gone 2-8 in their last 10 games.

  1. canucks30 - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Why exactly is this a “top story”?

    The Sabres losing to the Ducks and Ryan Miller popping off (yet again) to the media isn’t exactly a startling revelation.

    • billsin20xx - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Miller expects to play at a high level. Since we have incompetent management (probably only better than the Canucks – re: Hodgsen / Kassian trade – lol) you can only imagine how frustrated he is.
      Expect the Sabre’s to do the easy thing and fire the coach soon, bringing in Cunneyworth or Dineen. Pegula obviosuly doesn’t underatand they need to
      FIRE DARCY NOW!!!

      • hosewater2 - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        Sabres management is worse than the Canucks. Ville Leino anyone?

        Canucks were forced to trade Hodgson by Cody’s Dad and agent at the last minute, so they couldn’t get fair value. But the most important thing about that trade is that Cody would likely be 2nd line centre on a Cup contending Canucks team now that Kesler is a wing. Instead, Daddy and Agent have living in Buffalo, as if that isn’t punishment enough.

      • miket333 - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:31 PM

        I think the Kassian trade was good for both sides. Kassian only has one less goal than Hodgson
        and has played 5 less games to this point. I actually preferred having Kassian…but what do I know? Hey did anyone else notice that Hodgson seemed to forget to tape his socks the other night?

  2. pxland - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    You’d think they’d be used to it by now.

  3. sjsharks66 - Nov 9, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    How did the Sharks manage to lose to Buffalo? I was hoping at least the Ducks or Kings would struggle A BIT.. Oh well. Lol

    • miket333 - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      Well the Sharks did manage to score a goal in OT that wasn’t noticed by anyone, so that certainly played a part in their loss…

  4. canucks30 - Nov 9, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    BTW How does Darcy Regier STILL have a job?

  5. aventador12 - Nov 9, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    The Sharks lost to Buffalo because they got robbed big time by a bad call, a really bad call that cost them the game. Buffalo lost to the Kings because they got shut-out yet still put up a fight. Then, Buffalo lost to the Ducks…well, I’m sure you watched the game and see where the Ducks are in the standings. That just speaks for itself. It would’ve been nice if all the CA teams as whole won though against Buffalo.

  6. kaptaanamerica - Nov 9, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Hodgson benched, how’s that not a surprise. Have you heard the phrase, ‘defensive liability’.

  7. buffalo65 - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Not Darcy, how does Roulston still have a job? I know it’s popular but Darcy hasn’t done that bad of job. Just a bad off season when he was forced to spend money he shouldn’t have. Roulston seems in over his head.

    • billsin20xx - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Are you nuts? Wasn’t it darcy who; hired Rolston without even looking at others available (i.e. Roy), spent the last 15 years doing 4 rebuilds that haven’t worked, paid tons for guys like Lieno, drafted a bunch of stiffs like Grigo, and theres more.

      We have already fired one coach as a scapegoat for Regier, now you want to fire another one and let Regier hire a replacement???

      I do agree Rolston has to go, but Regier must go with him. Don’t let Regier hire another stiff!!!

      FIRE DARCY!!

      • TestSubjekt - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        LOL!!! You’re being silly.

        Patrick Roy never, I repeat NEVER would have come to Buffalo to coach. Montreal or Colorado only. Everyone knows that.

  8. crazemastercraze - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    I watched part of the game, that D left Miller hang out to dry. Those guys are softer than Glass Joe.

  9. flyerguy73 - Nov 9, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    I think it is great! Keep up the good work sabres. Bunch of losers.

    • billsin20xx - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Wow, a Flyers guy saying the Sabre’s suck? LOL LOL LOL!!!

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Nov 10, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      At least we will get the number one overall pick, likely. Hopefully we will have a real GM by then who can do something constructive with this team.

  10. bufffalojoe - Nov 9, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Roloston looks like Jeff Tuel when jumping in the game to replace injured Manuel. He hasn’t a clue how to coach a NHL team.

  11. steelers88 - Nov 9, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    If the Sabers are going to trade Ryan Miller they should do it A.S.A.P. This team is a mess.

  12. bufffalojoe - Nov 9, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Do you think Dallas would trade Lindy for Rolston, miller and a 2nd round pick haha

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Nov 10, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      You forgot the drool cup and bib Rolston needs while he stands there going Duuhhh!

  13. zinger99 - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Darcy keeps his job because Buffalo is the land of low expectations. Buffalo sports fans embrace mediocrity like its some sort of badge of honor. They’re not really hockey fans,they’re Sabre fans so their hockey knowledge isn’t that great. Buffalo sports fans are sheep!

    • maria716 - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      The problem isn’t the fans it’s the owner. Pegula, back in June, was quoted as (rhetorically) asking what Regier has done wrong – if he has to ask then he has no idea what a truly good GM looks like or could do for this team. As for the fans, if they weren’t true die-hard hockey fans, no-one would be attending any of the games. Casual fans would not brave Buffalo winters to go to the arena to watch a team that has all but given up on itself.

      • mjw9326mjw9326 - Nov 10, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        Makes you wish Golisano still had the team. Even HE would have dumped regier by now.
        I, like everyone else in this suffering town, want to know what the f**k Darcy has on him that he is STILL running the show (more like a three ring circus).

  14. flyerguy73 - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Zinger nailed it!

  15. dewzer - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    They will be OK once John Scott and his scoring touch are back from suspension.

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Nov 10, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Then Pat Kaleta will be recalled from Rochester and they can “skate” together on a line with that superstar Drew Stafford, or even better, that Hart trophy candidate Luke Adam.

  16. flyerguy73 - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Wow, a loser bills fan chiming in on the even bigger loser sabres. Keep rooting for both, and they will go far. LOL LOL LOL!!!

    • maria716 - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      Wow, a loser flyers fan who doesn’t know how to reply to a comment.

      BTW – how bummed are you that your team won’t get a chance to lose to Bryzgalov today?
      Totally s*cks you’ll have to wait until December doesn’t it?
      Well, at least by then you won’t have to be holding onto the delusion about if that game will be the difference between making the playoffs & missing them.

      • drewsylvania - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        To be fair, the mobile site doesn’t let you reply to specific comments…

    • hjb99992013 - Nov 9, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      the only thing funnier than regier as the the GM is Holmgren is worse

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Nov 10, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Flyer Guy, have you seen your team’s ranking in the standings lately? If the Sabres were not doing so awful, your team might be at the bottom of the standings.
      Also, offhand I would say the Bills will be really good before your Eagles. Mike Vick or Nick Foles? Lord help you. You might as well trade for Kolb off of IR. Hey, last I heard Tebow is available and so is Vince Young. Ha!Ha!Ha!

  17. zinger99 - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    flyerguy73 nailed it!

  18. jkibler1 - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Hey zinger , fix your lipstick ! It is smeared LOL LOL LOL

  19. zinger99 - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Hey jkibler1,go iron your Sabre jammies! You frustrated Buffalonian! LOL!!!!!

    • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Frustrated Buffalonian? I’m tellin’ your Mom.

  20. jkibler1 - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Hey zinger, I see your lipstick is fixed, go find flyer guy again he sounds lonely LOL LOL

  21. zinger99 - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Oh jkibler1,go get yourself some bad Buffalo pizza and get your Patrick Kaleta tattoos removed! You’ll feel so much better!

  22. flyerguy73 - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Girls, girls don’t be mad that you like sucky teams. It’s ok, go hug your mommy, and you will be fine. Oh don’t forget your pacifier when you do that. Oh yeah Bryz, aka Swiss cheese your right defenitely scared of this space cadet. Too funny, just like your moronic comments.

  23. cyggyx1 - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    You guys spurred me to sign up and post. ;) All these comments and not one of them pointing out the team at the TOP of the standings, and this even with the worst PP in the league, and abysmal PK lmao. Philly’s been a joke since the end of the Legion of Doom days, and well, Buffalo is just playing bad hockey. Good luck to all you whiner as Anaheim continues to roll out FOUR strong lines all year…………

    • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Yet Anaheim doesn’t have a decent cheesesteak.

  24. kgun80 - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Miller should be traded before his value dips even more…. And as for Flyers/ Eagles fans insulting Buffalonians and their teams. You can make all the snarky comments you want fact is the Sabres and the Flyers look pretty bad this year. I’m sure I would take the Bills very talented up and coming roster over the eagles. The eagles have one count it one more win they play in what may be the worst division in the NFL.
    But keep perpetuating the stereotype that Philly fans are ignorant and hateful your doing a great job!

    • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Some really stupid Flyers fans perpetuate that stereotype.

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Nov 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      Eagle boy forgot to mention that really Innovative Chip Kelly defense that everyone (well except the poor Raiders) is walking all over. I see your team looking like the Bills of a year or two ago. At least we have a decent GM now and a bunch of young and promising players. What exactly do you have but a couple of broken down QBs and a swiss cheese defense.

  25. jkibler1 - Nov 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Zinger, the pizza in buffalo is pretty damned good, have you seen the size of our people? As for the kaleta tattoo, I will remove mine right after your mother does too

  26. porkcrisp - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Kassian versus Hodgson… let the stats speak.

    Zack 13GP 4 Goals, 0 assists, +1, 17 hits, 2 fights
    Cody 19GP 5 Goals, 8 assists, -6, 8 hits, 0 fights

    Zack has played less, scored one less goal and hits and fights (momentum changing moments of the game). Cody has more skill but is a defensive liability. Zack is younger and is a power forward, what is way harder to find and develop.

    Winner by TKO: Kassian!

  27. zinger99 - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Wow,look at kibler go! He’s a REAL Buffalonian! Bringing mothers into the comment section! (Lives in south Buffalo,finishing his sixth meal of the day about now and wearing a ‘No Goal’ hat! I just know it!) :)

  28. ralphwilsonisrich - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    The Fans in Buffalo will keep supporting their crappy team, Next year don’t buy season tickets.

  29. rontrabaroe - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    I’m not trying to be rude but what would the Sabre’s fans want to see done? I think miller is a great goalie but other pieces are missing. Would trading him be what makes it a viable option to pick up some key players, or are you guys thinking of an entire management switch?

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